BY ASHLEY MARTIN, THE LEADER-POST JANUARY 13, 2015
Alana Fleming´s home, a late-50s mid-century modern bungalow in Regina on January 07, 2015. (DON HEALY/Leader-Post)
Photograph by: Don Healy , Regina Leader-Post
WHO? Alana Fleming, Fred Fredrickson and their daughter Roz.
WHAT/WHERE? Their 1959 bungalow in Normandy Heights.
WHEN? The couple bought the home in July 2006, when they decided to move to Regina from Calgary. At the time, the house was dark and dated, but Fleming saw past that.
WHY? “Location, location, location,” said the former real-estate agent. The neighbourhood was perfect for Roz, with an elementary and high school nearby, not to mention parks and other amenities. Plus, the house itself had good bones.
“I figured whatever I didn’t like about the house, I had the capability to fix. It’s not like the foundation was crumbling or the roof was caving in. It was all decorating type of stuff. Carpet, baseboards, paint, changing out light fixtures — that’s not hard. Anybody really can do it,” said Fleming.
And that’s what she did.
HOW? Gone are the heavy drapes, dark brown carpet, (most of the) wood panelling and bulky light fixtures. While the house of old was “dreary” and “depressing,” the renovation has made it bright and colourful, which is exactly what Fleming wanted.
The house is well lit, with a stained-glass window and side light in the front door, and shutters in lieu of curtains in the large front window.
Two living rooms are joined by a look-through fireplace with floating mantles. The far side features a smaller area, decorated in red and black. The larger room, in bright yellows and oranges, suit the theme of the room: Big Rock Brewery. Fredrickson had a company hookup to Big Rock when the family lived in Calgary, and Fleming thought the colours in the beer posters suited the space. A smaller framed piece includes labels from the brews that aren’t represented in the big pictures.
The living room opens up to the formal dining room, which features a mirror (original to the house) with shelves in two different kinds of wood (a new addition). But that area is seldom used: When the family of three dines, they’re apt to use the nook in the renovated kitchen, a clever offshoot from the countertop.
The cork-floored hallway leads to the bedrooms (Roz’s, newly done in teal and lime, and her parents’, which is still a work in progress); the bathroom at the end of the hall is a step up from its previous incarnation (no shower and a pink tub), but Fleming isn’t done with it yet.
While the house’s upstairs is nearly to her liking, Fleming’s favourite area in her home is in the developed basement.
“We’re big-time readers in our house and love the library,” said Fleming, pointing to a corner of built-in white shelves constructed by her father. “We each have our own little section.”
They’re new shelves; the old ones were destroyed when their basement was flooded this summer. As a result of the damage, the basement’s laundry room, two bedrooms and bathroom are incomplete.
“If I ever finish, I’ll have to sell, because isn’t that the rule?” Fleming said, laughing. “That’s what I did in Calgary in 2006. ‘Oh our house is beautiful; it’s all finished. It’s exactly what I had in my mind. OK, we’re selling and moving to Regina.’”
She does a lot of the work herself — drywalling, painting and baseboards — and leaves plumbing, electrical and flooring to the professionals.
“You learn fast because there’s a shortage of trades here,” she said.